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Tom Diehl Named “Top 100” by National Trial Lawyers

Tom Diehl Named “Top 100” by National Trial Lawyers

Recently, Thomas J. Diehl of Diehl & Hubbell was named a “Top 100” Lawyer by the prestigious National Trial Lawyers. Diehl & Hubbell was founded in 1988 by Mr. Diehl and continues to provide excellent legal service to the citizens of Warren County and surrounding counties. This is the most recent award in a string of state and national recognition for Attorney Tom Diehl. Tom has practiced personal injury law in Southwest Ohio for over twenty-five years and successfully handled hundreds of accident and injury cases.

Check out his personal injury site at

If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence – you should give Tom a call at 513.932.2121 today.

Super Lawyers: Martin E. Hubbell, Attorney at Law

Divorce Pitfalls

Many individuals choose to represent themselves in a divorce or dissolution case.  Oftentimes, in very simple matters, this is not a terrible decision.  However, a recent case demonstrates the potential negative consequences of not having qualified counsel.[1]

In this recent case, Husband and Wife dissolved their marriage in 2003.  The parties agreed on all matters, including a provision on how to divide Husband’s pension.  The pension was to be divided pursuant to an Order that was filed with the Court.

Wife’s lawyer prepared the Order, as Husband was not represented by an attorney.  The problem was that the Order was inconsistent with the parties’ agreement, and Wife received a larger portion of the pension than she was entitled to.

Husband filed a motion with the Court to correct this error.  Ultimately, his motion was denied because certain language was not included in the original agreement with his Wife, language that would have permitted his motion to go forward.  Without this language, Husband needed to appeal his case within 30 days from the filing of the Order.  There would have been little reason for him to do so, as he would not have known there was an error within the 30 day timeframe.  Pension divisions often take many months before they are processed by the plan administrator.

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, the Order used to divide retirement benefits, can be very complicated documents, filled with legalese.  The original agreement needed to have language giving the Court jurisdiction to correct errors in the pension Order.  Since it did not, Husband is stuck with the error, and Wife will continue to receive the additional benefits.

[1] Pearl v. Pearl, 2012-Ohio-4752.

Marty Hubbell is a partner in the law firm of Diehl & Hubbell, LLC (, and has been practicing domestic relations law in Warren County, Ohio since 2001. He was recently named an Ohio Super Lawyer for the third time, and has been named to the Top 40 Under 40 list. He is also a part-time Magistrate for the City of Lebanon, Ohio. He can be reached at (513) 932-2121 or

Diehl & Hubbell Named Elite Member of Thumbtack

Marty Hubbell Named Super Lawyer for the Third Time!

Marty Hubbell of Diehl & Hubbell, LLC, has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list as one of the top attorneys in Ohio for 2012. This is the third time Marty has been honored with this distinction. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to the list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Thomas J. Diehl Named “Top 100 Trial Lawyer”

Congratulations to Thomas J. Diehl, a partner at the law firm of Diehl & Hubbell, LLC, for being inducted into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers!


The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers is a professional association composed of only the most qualified trial lawyers from each state.  Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers is by invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, leadership, influence, reputation, stature, and profile in the trial attorney community, as viewed by our organization, other trial lawyers, members of the bench, and the public at large. The Association conducts the necessary investigation and diligent evaluation of trial lawyers’ qualifications for invitation as one of its exclusive members.

Mr. Diehl has spent over twenty-three years fighting for injured victims.  He has successfully resolved hundreds and hundreds of personal injury cases on behalf of his clients.   Tom’s book, titled, “Your Ohio Motor Vehicle Accident Claim: 7 Big Mistakes to Avoid” was recently published.  To pick up your free copy, call us at 513.932.2121 or stop by our office (304 East Warren Street, Lebanon, OH 45036).

Diehl & Hubbell wins recent Ohio Supreme Court case.

Diehl & Hubbell successfully argued that a trial court must inform a defendant of certain potential consequences at the time of sentencing.  The Ohio Supreme Court’s decision reversed the Twelfth District Court of Appeals.  The appellate court originally denied the requested relief under the ripeness doctrine.

The Ohio Supreme Court sided with the Defendant, and indicated that a reviewing court must strictly construe the statutory language.

The case is State v. Smith, 2012-Ohio-781.

The opinion can be found at:

Marty Hubbell’s Merit Brief can be found at:

Martin E. Hubbell Selected For “Top 40 Under 40!”

Marty Hubbell has been selected as a member of The National Trial Lawyers Association:  Top 40 under 40.  He is one of only 40 trial lawyers to be chosen for membership into the association.  Membership into this top young trial attorney organization is by invitation only and extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership.  Congratulations, Marty, for this great achievement!



Thomas J. Diehl Releases New Book

Tom Diehl’s work, “Your Ohio Motor Vehicle Accident Claim:  Seven Big Mistakes to Avoid”  has been recently published.  This book discusses many important areas of Ohio injury law.  It has information on many subjects, including:  Avoiding costly mistakes that can ruin your injury claim and surprising things about Ohio injury law.  Call us at 513.932.2121 or stop by the office at 304 East Warren Street in Lebanon for a free copy!

Milford Mayor’s Court

With a population of 6,284 people, the village of Milford has created a Mayor’s Court to hear traffic, OVI, DUI, DUS, and other misdemeanor cases.  Ohio municipalities of all sizes house Mayor’s Courts.  Mayor’s Courts are presided over by a Magistrate.

The Milford Police Department and the Clermont County Sheriff can cite first time offenders into the Milford Mayor’s Court.  Because Mayor’s Courts are not courts of record, a Defendant has the automatic right to appeal the case, regardless of the result.  If a Defendant is not pleased with how their case turned out at the Mayor’s Court, the case can start over in the Clermont County Court.  As Marty Hubbell says, “It is like getting two bites at the apple, which can be a great advantage to the defense.”

When charged with an offense in Milford Mayor’s Court, it is especially important to retain a local lawyer who has experience working in these unique types of Courts.  Because of the unofficial nature of Mayor’s Courts, the procedures and practical approaches to the case can vary greatly.

The Milford Mayor’s Court is located at 745 Center Street, Milford, OH 45150.  Your court date will be listed on your ticket or subpoena.  Further information can be obtained at Milford’s website: